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Donald Trump’s app Truth Social launches as former US president eyes social media comeback


The app, which allows users to share a post or “truth”, restores Donald Trump’s social media presence after he was suspended from mainstream platforms.

Donald Trump is aiming to make a social media comeback by starting his own app – after being booted off mainstream platforms last year.

The app, which allows users to post and share a “truth” as they would a tweet, has launched on Apple’s App Store.

Truth Social has been touted as America’s “Big Tent” social media platform that encourages free speech without discriminating against political ideology.

Details of the app have trickled out in the last week as testers trialled a beta version of the platform.

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the venture behind Truth Social, led by former Republican US representative Devin Nunes, is the latest in a growing number of technology companies positioning themselves as champions of free speech in a bid to attract users who feel their views are suppressed on mainstream platforms.

The rollout will begin this week with hopes it will be fully operational in the US by the end of March, Mr Nunes told Fox News on Sunday.

Platforms including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube shut down Donald Trump‘s accounts last year after the US Capitol attacks by his supporters on 6 January.

Mr Trump was accused of posting messages inciting violence.

On 15 February, MR Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr tweeted a screenshot of his father’s verified Truth Social account, @realDonaldTrump, showing a “truth” (a post) reading: “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!”

Source: Sky News

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